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Peter B Wolf Feb 24, 2008 08:33 AM

So , who abolutely has the best in your opinion.
Please, NO : 'pressed Ham', 'cooked Salami', 'American Cheese', 'domestic Bologna',
Please, YES : 'a true crusty Roll', 'mention cost' but 'not necessary'
Please, ANYWHERE : 'to include all suburbs, especially going north from City Center
Please, PROVIDE : 'Name & Address'

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  1. ScubaSteve RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 24, 2008 08:36 AM


    the Italian is The Best in the MV. be advised that when asking for 'Hots' they use sliced pepperocinis, not the usual Hot Crushed Red Pepper Mix.

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      janzy RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 24, 2008 08:45 AM

      Tutto Italiano in Hyde Park, Ma. is on my a list along with Dave's Fresh Pasta in Somerrville.

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        9lives RE: janzy Feb 24, 2008 12:11 PM

        I'm a Tutto fan too. FYI, they also have a store on Fleet St in the NE. Besides sandwiches they also have a lot of in house prepared dishes that sre very good.

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          Ralphie_in_Boston RE: 9lives Feb 24, 2008 12:13 PM

          Are they related to Tutto Italiano in Wellesley, who also makes a great sandwich.

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            Gabatta RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Feb 24, 2008 12:22 PM

            The Hyde Park, Wellesley and NE location are all related (there are also locations in Lexington and Lakeville). IMO the Hyde Park location is noticably better than the other outposts, with the sandwhiches in Wellesley being a reasonable facsimile. In my experience the NE location is primarily a cheese shop, they are weak on cold cuts and sandwiches. I have not been into the NE location in quite awhile though.

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              Ralphie_in_Boston RE: Gabatta Feb 24, 2008 12:24 PM

              THanks! Funny you mention the cheese-shop thing because that's what the Wellesley location was when it first started out. Then much to my pleasant surprise when I visited years later they had some great sandwiches there.

              Thanks also for the heads up on the Lexington location, I'll have to check that out.

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                9lives RE: Gabatta Feb 24, 2008 12:36 PM

                Maybe the NE has expanded it's offering since you've been. There's a big case with lots of cheeses, lots of cured meats (maybe 5 or 6 different ones) and all the condiments anyone could want. Just tell the guy what you want...and he'll slice whatever and season it the way you want.

                Hyde Park may be better..(I've never been) but it's not really convenient for me.

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                  catsmeow RE: Gabatta Feb 24, 2008 01:58 PM

                  Tuttos...without a doubt. Hyde Park is their original location, and I prefer it too. Also, they have the best tuna salad I've ever had. I often get a small container of it.

          2. Bob MacAdoo RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 24, 2008 08:59 AM

            Sessa's Italian Grocery in Davis Square, 414 Highland Avenue. I'm not sure what the price is, but it's in the $6-7 range. All of their could cuts are imported and their bread is crusty.

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              jajjguy RE: Bob MacAdoo Feb 26, 2008 07:49 AM

              Yes! They've got great eggplant parm too.

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                Bob MacAdoo RE: jajjguy Feb 26, 2008 10:34 AM

                Yes!!! So good ...

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              buffet king RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 24, 2008 11:06 AM

              Bob's on Main Street in Medford has the biggest and best cold cut subs around.

              Bob's Imported Food & Catering
              324 Main St, Medford, MA 02155

              1. macca RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 24, 2008 11:53 AM

                Anthony's in Stoneham- 408 Main Street ( rte 28). Italian cold cuts sliced as you order your sub- served on crusty braided rolls. Really good- but they are open weird hours. It is not a sub shop, but a deli, Italian specialty shop, so I am not sure if they are open evenings. But worth the trip on a Saturday.

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                  4chowpups RE: macca Feb 25, 2008 02:13 PM

                  I was here recently and thought it was awful. The sub was very boring I thought.
                  My favorite in that area is Little Chucks Deli. I usually get a small which isn't on a crusty roll (which I love) but a soft seeded roll. The subs are huge and really great, they put lett., tom, onion, green peppers, hots, pickles...I love that they have all the veg and it's not chopped, it is sliced veg. I love them so much that I have to limit myself and I'm trying to order a similar idea with just turkey or cappicola...alas not the same!!!

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                    macca RE: 4chowpups Feb 25, 2008 02:41 PM

                    That is sad- though I admit I haven;t been there in a while. Used to be great. To be honest, when I want a good sub, I usually call Pace's in Saugus, tell them how many Italian subs I want to make, and they get the cold cuts, and I get the rolls there, of make a trek to Piantadosi;s in Malden for some spukie rolls.
                    I have relatives in the mid west, and they don't seem to have access to good subs or cold cuts, and before I visit them, I make a trip to paces, and make sure I have lots of hot peppers to bring along!
                    Where is Little Chucks Deli?

                2. trufflehound RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 24, 2008 02:36 PM

                  Waverly Market in Framingham. Top notch.
                  Someone told me the Real Deal has more than one option. Regular CC and 'Upscale' CC's

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                    TomH RE: trufflehound Feb 24, 2008 04:11 PM

                    Do you mean the New Deal in Revere? They do have a "top shelf" version of their Italian that is made with premium cold cuts. It is also enough for two meals. The thing is HUGE!

                  2. gini RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 25, 2008 06:07 AM

                    Domenic's, Waltham, MA.
                    Sessa's, Davis Square, Somerville.
                    Bob's, Medford, MA.

                    1. ipsofatso RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 25, 2008 06:22 AM

                      Virgilios, Gloucester, Main St- great bread made there, order the Sou'wester with spicy cappicola, olive salad, provolone...less than $6.

                      Dennis Community Market - great selection, including the Cuban, Buffalo Filet w/ blue cheese and hot sauce....on 6A, Dennis MA....great sandwich menu....

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                        drb RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 25, 2008 01:40 PM

                        Bottega Fiorentino - Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner

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                          Seamus7 RE: drb Feb 25, 2008 01:49 PM

                          second the Bottega, real Florentine panini. So that may not be what you are looking for, these are distinctively NOT American style sandwiches.

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                          fredid RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 26, 2008 10:47 AM

                          Meridian Market's Meridian Special/ East Boston. Incredible! Chicken cutlet, boccocini (sp?) roasted peppers, a slice of, prosciutto?/don't know, fresh basil....9lives has a picture. Do a search!

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                            Rubee RE: fredid Feb 26, 2008 10:51 AM

                            Oh, I agree, that is a great sub! I could go for one now.

                            Here is the link to 9Lives' pic:


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                              TomH RE: fredid Feb 26, 2008 01:40 PM

                              And don't forget to add one of their awesome arancinis!!! After eating a large Meridian Special and and arancini for lunch one day I seriously thought I was going to have to roll back to my desk....

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                              foodperv RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 26, 2008 11:02 AM

                              i would include a good imported cooked salami if avail. but this is hard to find
                              if the hots ,onion,pickles,tomatoes are not real slices Forget about it
                              except the lettuce ,while i don't get it on most sandwiches i will accept shredded
                              if all is chopped,diced, mush you have a "house of pizza" sub

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                                bachslunch RE: Peter B Wolf Feb 26, 2008 02:58 PM

                                Some Italian sub spots I like:

                                Domenic's in Waltham
                                Tutto Italiano, Dino's, and J. Pace in the North End
                                Bob's in Medford
                                The Half Shell in Cambridge
                                Al's near Faneuil Hall

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                                  CentersAndSquares RE: Peter B Wolf Aug 27, 2010 07:05 PM

                                  No contest! New London Style in Concord, Mass. I've been eating their Italian sub / grinder (found this post trying to figure out which to call it) for 30+ years. If I ever get the opportunity to choose a last meal it will be an Italian sub from New London Style. Ambrosia. Best ordered wrapped to-go even if you're eating in - it lets it marinate just right.

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